Obviously, the military WANTED to be involved in the making of The Avengers, but ultimately recused themselves because they couldn’t wrap their minds around the hierarchical organization of S.H.I.E.L.D. (The God of War and cetra were not the problem. Again: obviously.) #MeepMeep

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  1. Yeah, right. This is coming from the same government that said bank failure was completely implausible.

  2. ” Phil Strub, the Defense Department’s Hollywood liaison, tells Danger Room. “To whom did S.H.I.E.L.D. answer? Did we work for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We hit that roadblock and decided we couldn’t do anything” with the film.”

    …. Dude, it’s a fucking comic book movie.

  3. This is absolutely accurate. I once had to send an official message to someone across the hall, who then came over half an hour later with a response that I had to send to myself. This is how the military works. The more inefficient and complex the bureaucracy, the better.

  4. If there’s one thing the US Military is good at, it’s knowing when to excuse themselves from some place where they just don’t fit.

  5. As a PR flack, I can tell you that if S.H.I.E.L.D. really does exists, this is the type of messaging they would promote through the media to make the public think it doesn’t exis–
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  6. I guess they didn’t even contemplate the fact that one of the operatives was actually a giant green monster man, before taking anything into consideration.

  7. Yet another thing The Avengers has in common with Hot Shots.

  8. There’s a plot point in the third act that I can understand the US military being uncomfortable with assisting with, and I think the spokesman is just trying to be nice about spoilering the film.

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